Silicon Mechanics Signs Letter of Intent to Collaborate with InkTank on CEPH: The Future of Storage™

Unified, distributed storage system designed for excellent performance, reliability, and scalability

Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high­performance computing hardware, announces that it has signed a letter of intent to collaborate with Inktank, the company delivering Ceph ­ the massively scalable, open-source, distributed storage system designed to run on commodity-based storage servers. .

Silicon Mechanics will use Ceph, an open-source solution with no required software licensing, to help companies cost effectively scale out storage demands, significantly reducing the cost per gigabyte compared to proprietary offerings.

Using a range of commodity-based servers specially configured to work with Ceph, Silicon Mechanics will deliver a storage solution ideal for companies facing exploding storage needs combined with cost pressures and budget limitations. Academic and other research users with large and ever-growing amounts of data will also find this scalable storage solution extremely appealing.

"The Ceph universal storage system is ideal for high-performance computing environments, offering infinite scalability of object, block, and file storage, with work evenly distributed across all components. Ceph is a busy operator's dream because it is self-managing and self­healing and can be rapidly provisioned," said Bryan Bogensberger, President and COO of Inktank. "We are pleased to partner with Silicon Mechanics to bring the transformational power of Ceph storage to more users."

Launched by some of the leading developers of Ceph, Inktank's mission is to help organizations fully leverage the transformative power of Ceph to decrease storage costs, increase operational flexibility and help them free themselves from restrictive and expensive proprietary storage systems. Inktank provides best-in-class professional services and support offerings to enterprises, service providers, and cloud platforms.

Ceph provisions storage resources efficiently and is easy to manage at scale. Proven over eight years of development, research, and production, Ceph offers a universal storage system with object, block, and file access methods. It is massively scalable, offers linear performance, and has no single point of failure. The platform is capable of auto-scaling to the exabyte level and beyond, and runs on commodity hardware. It is in the Linux kernel and can be accessed natively via programming languages.

"Silicon Mechanics is excited about finding new ways to work with users on interesting and creative problems, and Ceph is a terrific tool we can use to help them solve storage problems in new ways," said Ken Hostetler, Director of Product Management at Silicon Mechanics. "Ceph offers a tremendous opportunity to move away from legacy hardware into software-defined storage that provides scalability, manageability, and flexibility, with good performance and a fair and reasonable cost structure. No one knows Ceph better than Inktank, so we feel that we can increase our storage offerings to customers with the right experts providing service and support."